the xbox series x has been one of the hardest gaming devices to find since its release in late 2020. While always a little bit Easier to get your hands on than Sony’s PlayStation 5, getting one almost requires keeping track of restocks from multiple retailers day in and day out, so you don’t have to buy one from the price gougers.
But now, we can say (fingers crossed) that those days may be behind us. The Xbox Series X is available at select retailers, and has been for the past few days. Plus, you don’t need paid memberships or expensive packages to get one. This, added to the costs reduction and better availability of some desktop GPUs, is great news for gamers looking to upgrade to new hardware.
As for where you can buy an Xbox Series X right now, if you’d rather just get the $499 console, you can order it online at walmart and newegg with minimum shipping times until it reaches your home. Thankfully, Walmart doesn’t require a subscription to its paid Walmart Plus membership to access the consoles, as it frequently did during its scheduled console restocking events. You can also buy Xbox Series X at Target for in-store pickup, but this is dependent on availability at local Target stores.
If you don’t mind buying a bundle, you have even more options to explore for Xbox Series X. Right now, Costco members can buy the Xbox with a spare controller for $549.99. That price is fair, especially if you’re already a member and need a second gamepad for some local multiplayer.
Antonline also has a couple of package options available, like this one which includes some Nyko headphones and infinity halo for $589.97 and another with the same combination, plus a replacement controller for $639.96. In the meantime, Microsoft allows you to create your own package, choosing from a selection of full-priced digital games and add-on controllers. Of course, it may be more attractive to get the console alone, and then pick up all your own games and accessories, where you can find better discounts elsewhere.
The last six months have seen a positive change in the availability of on-demand gaming technology. Nintendo Switch with OLED is easy to buyand it is not at all uncommon to see the Xbox Series S is selling for up to $50 off. While Xbox Series X availability has opened up, the PlayStation 5 is still the outlier. Sony’s console has been a success and is still the console that many people want (probably due in part to its scarcity). But for now, that’s the console that will take more effort than just clicking add to cart. The next time we write an article like this, it will probably be about the PS5. But when that will happen is anyone’s guess.